Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

Meet Matt, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! This bodybuilder from Seattle has a passion for science and loves sharing his knowledge about health & fitness. We recently had the chance to chat with Matt Miller and learn more about his background, as well as his love for writing about this industry.

Tell us a bit about where you’re from?

Matt: I’m from Seattle, Washington. My background is diverse, I studied in college as both a business and science major, with an emphasis on biology and physiology on track to become a Medical Doctor. After school, I entered into the field of Real Estate and Development. I have always been very active in sports from childhood, playing soccer, tennis and running track. I have been working out since my early teens and got into bodybuilding after college.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Matt: Simple, my passion for helping others live a more healthy active lifestyle. Also, I noticed so many people needing guidance when they tried to start a program. I would have people approach me often in the gym asking me how to get results or advise on techniques etc. I decided after training for a competition that I would really enjoy helping others on their fitness journey. When people have the proper instruction/tools and are taught how to use them, they have far more success in achieving their goals. I want to be the best fitness educator I can be!

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What are your training specialties?

Matt: My training specialties are first Bodybuilding, most of my workouts are based upon Bodybuilding principals. My secondary specialties would be weight loss and general fitness. I like to learn as many training modalities as possible. I also like to incorporate, stretching, Pilates and Yoga into my practice. Having been a long distance runner I enjoy training clients for distance events like marathons too.

On your profile, you mentioned that you’re a Health & Fitness writer too. What kinds of things do you write about?

Matt: Yes, I truly enjoy researching and writing articles about fitness, my favorites are about nutrition, I guess that stems from my enjoying science. I also wrote and published an online magazine and blog about bodybuilding and fitness for several years. I really enjoyed interviewing athletes and fitness industry experts on a variety of topics.

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How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Matt: I read an article on a technology blog about how fitness apps were going to revolutionize the way people trained and came across Workout Trainer shortly after.

How do you use the app as a part of your personal life and/or coaching business?

Matt: I’ve found that it really helps me be more creative with my workouts as it provides a large variety of content to choose from. I can design and share workouts for my clients to do anywhere, at any time based upon their needs. It helps me track both my progress and my clients.

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What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Matt: That’s a difficult question, I like so many of them! I would say the 1:1 training feature, it provides me a streamlined way to keep track of my clients’ workouts and gives them the ability to ask questions without having to make an appointment. It makes my training so much more effective since the client can refer back and not be pressured by a clock.

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Matt: I would have to say I want to stay fit to stay active, life is so much better when you have the ability to do things that you like to do and having a fit body allows us to do that.

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What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working out?

Matt: I really enjoy spending time with my family and I also like to spend my spare time outdoors. 

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Matt: Set reasonable goals, and remember everyone had to start somewhere!

Thanks for sharing with us, Matt, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your training biz!

Matt Miller is currently accepting new clients for 1:1 Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer. Get signed up today and let him help you crush your 2017 fitness goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Matt and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.

Are you a fitness professional? Want to become a Verified Trainer like Matt and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Try Online Personal Training for FREE with Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Start a Free Trial of Online Personal TrainingWe have some exciting news for all Workout Trainer members! Now you can try out Online Personal Training without any hesitation. Experience first-hand what it’s like to get expert 1:1 coaching from a real online trainer, with no initial commitment. During the free trial period, you’ll have the chance to get to know your dedicated trainer, see if you like working together, and get started on the road to success. Don’t miss your chance to try it out — for FREE!Skimble's Personal Trainer Tools - app screenshotsWith over 35 specialties and counting, our certified fitness professionals are here to help you get in your best shape. Whether you’re keen on weight loss, strength training, body building, athletic performance, pre & postnatal, or even yoga,… let one of our dedicated coaches help you get the results you want without the guesswork!

To claim your free trial of Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer, tap ‘Available Trainers’ and browse the trainer directory to find your perfect match. To ‘try before you buy’ simply check that your chosen trainer’s profile displays a FREE TRIAL option, such as for 3 or 7 days, and Start 1:1 Online Training with them!Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialOnce you’ve made your choice, tap through to the trainer’s profile and select the green ‘Start 1:1 Online Training – Free Trial!’ button at the bottom of the screen. Find out exactly what to expect from your new training relationship and get started with a free trial. Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialEnjoy one free trial with a trainer and make the most of your time together to see if it’s a good fit. Don’t worry, there are no long-term commitments! You always have the option to cancel during the free trial period. Once the trial ends and you’re making progress towards your fitness goals, you will automatically continue your training relationship as a paying client.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialAre you ready to get serious about your fitness goals? Online Personal Training gives you the flexibility and affordability you need to work out with a dedicated expert anywhere, anytime! Download Workout Trainer on Android & iOS and get started with an available coach today.

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Workout Trainer: Advanced Program Creation & Enrollment

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program Customization & EnrollmentTraining Programs in Workout Trainer just got even more personal! With advanced program creation features, PRO+ members and trainers alike can enjoy the ultimate personalized training experience. When you are ready to start a program, enjoy further enrollment customization options and never feel left behind with quick rescheduling.

Everyone can benefit from these new features when they are enrolling in a program. If you are exploring program creation in Workout Trainer, please read our initial blog post that explains the basics you’ll need to get started.

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Advanced Program Creation

During program creation you can easily swap, re-add, and delete workouts that have been added to your program. Simply tap on the day of the week you want to change and the existing workout will show up with quick editing options below.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program CreationChanged your mind about a workout you slotted in at the start of the program? No problem, swap it out for another more appropriate workout whenever you want. You can also re-add the same workout on different days, saving you time by not having to search through our database with thousands of workouts. Simply tap on the workout you want to reuse in the calendar and select a day to re-add that same workout. You can easily adjust the schedule of any workout by tapping the green bar at the bottom of the screen ‘Scheduled for Day X’. Once you’ve selected the day you want, save your changes by tapping the ‘+’ symbol to the bottom right.

Advanced Enrollment Customization

Once custom training programs have been shared with clients, they can select their preferred start date on the calendar. At the same time, they can uncheck any of the days of the week when they cannot work out. The program will automatically take this into account and customize the schedule to fit their needs.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program CreationDon’t forget to set your preferred workout time! You can always adjust this later on by going to the ‘Enrolled Program’ screen and tapping the ‘Settings’ icon at the top right. Here you can change your preferred workout time and set workout notifications. Once you’ve got everything set up, you can share your program/progress via Facebook, Twitter, Email and Text Message. Let your friends know what you’re working towards. It’s a great way to inspire them to join you on your fitness journey or start their own!

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Feeling Behind? Easily Reschedule

If something comes up or you fall behind — because let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way of things — don’t fret; just reschedule! You can reschedule your upcoming workouts or all the workouts left in your program at once. Your 1:1 Trainer can also reschedule workouts for you, so set those workout notifications and you won’t miss out on anything.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program Creation

BONUS: Trainer-Client Schedule Adjustments & Program ShowcasingWorkout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program CreationIf you’re a fitness professional, you benefit even more with program customization as you can not only monitor but make adjustments to your clients’ schedule to ensure they are making progress and getting the expert support they need.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program CreationAs the creator of a program, see your programs on your own Trainer profile. This is a great way to invite potential clients to learn more about the kinds of speciality programs you can coach them through. If a potential client taps through on one of your Private programs, they will see that they only get access to it if you send it to them. If you’ve set up 1:1 Online Personal Training, this is one of the best ways to invite newcomers to engage with you with 1:1 Training!

Verified Trainers, what are you waiting for? Get creative with your first training program in Workout Trainer and give your clients the ultimate customized training experience!Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingAre you on a mission to crush your fitness goals? Sign up for Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer today and let your dedicated fitness coach create custom training programs that will help you get the results you want without any guesswork.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Melissa Moran

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Melissa MoranMeet Melissa, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! This fit mama’s journey started with a love for sports and exercise. Her contagious drive to live a healthy, active lifestyle has motivated everyone who crosses her path. We recently had the chance to chat with Melissa Moran and learn more about how she keeps herself and her clients motivated to achieve their fitness goals from the convenience of their own home.

Tell us a bit about your background and where you’re from?

Melissa: Hey, I’m Melissa from St. Louis! I’m a wife, mother to 4 hilarious kids and have been an online personal trainer since 2012. 

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Melissa: Fitness has been a lifelong journey for me. It started with my love for sports and exercise. Yes, I’ll admit it, I do love to exercise. Particularly running, which led to a passion for making a difference and helping others with their own health.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Melissa MoranWhat made you decide to certify with NASM?

Melissa: I like their training model and their reputation was the best! Not only am I a Certified Personal Trainer, but I also hold Weight Loss and Fitness Nutrition specializations through NASM.

What are your training specialties?

Melissa: You could say overall Total Body Conditioning. I enjoy challenging clients with full body, high power, high intensity, ever-changing workouts while keeping things fun, exciting and motivating.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Melissa MoranHow do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your personal life and/or coaching business?

Melissa: For me, I love to try other trainer’s programs to mix up my own daily fitness routine. With my business, most of my clients are busy moms so if we can’t connect online, then they know they can get on my profile to find a quick, effective workout.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Melissa: My favorite feature is the community. It’s very motivating! I love seeing all of the activity from workout updates. You don’t feel alone in your fitness journey with this app 🙂

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself? As a mom of 4, it must be quite the challenge!

Melissa: My family is my WHY! I feel good when I exercise and I need all the energy I can get to keep up with 4 kids. I also want to be a great role model and lead by example. I truly believe that taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your family.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Melissa MoranFinally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Melissa: I say this over and over, be patient! You’ll want to give up at some point. Please don’t, just be patient and stick with it. Take it one meal at a time and one workout at a time.

Thanks for sharing with us, Melissa, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your fit fam!

Melissa Moran is currently accepting new clients for 1:1 Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer. Get signed up today and let her help you crush your 2017 fitness goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Melissa and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.

Are you a fitness professional? Want to become a Verified Trainer like Melissa and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Workout Trainer: How Can An Online Personal Trainer Help You?

Workout Trainer by Skimble: How Can An Online Personal Trainer Help You?With summer just around the corner, everyone’s starting to think about getting in their best shape. Setting goals is the easy part, but we all know sticking to them can be challenging! The thought of hiring a personal trainer is daunting due to cost, accessibility, time constraints, just to name a few reasons you may have dismissed this as a realistic option.

Now there’s a solution for anybody who’s been on the fence about personal training! You can hire an online personal trainer to help keep you on track and smash your goals in no time. Online Personal Training takes the guesswork out of your fitness journey with flexible, affordable training at your fingertips. No more excuses, now you can work out on your own time AND in the comfort of your own home.Workout Trainer by Skimble: How Trainer Coach Their Clients with Online Personal TrainingSkimble Verified Trainers have all kinds of awesome tricks up their sleeve to help get you to where you want to be. Online training in Workout Trainer enables you to engage in a remote training relationship with your chosen coach. They will be with you every step of the way with fresh custom training content, personalized fitness programs that fit your busy schedule, and fun tips & tricks to keep you motivated.

Custom Training Content

A real trainer will be using a variety of Skimble’s trainer tools to coach you online, wherever you are. Your dedicated expert will create and send custom training programs, workouts, workout collections, and exercises through the 1:1 Messaging Stream in Workout Trainer. This is a convenient place for you to communicate with your personal trainer and get answers to any of your fitness-related questions.

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Workout Motivation With Tips, Advice & Pics

One of the things that most people struggle with at some stage in their fitness journey is motivation. Trainers are using the 1:1 Messaging Stream, and even their own Trainer profiles in Workout Trainer, to keep you motivated. Ask your trainer for guidance on certain exercises you’re struggling with, exclusive nutrition tips, and even supportive, inspirational pics (aka #fitspo) to help get you through your next workout session.

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Track Your Progress with Workout Stats

With your own dedicated trainer holding you accountable for your weekly workout sessions, you’ll start seeing results in no time. Keep up to date with your progress using the Weekly Stats screen in Workout Trainer. Allow your trainer access to this data by tapping their name in the ‘My Trainers’ list on your dashboard, then making sure ‘Allow Data Access’ is enabled or shared. This way they can see your fitness assessment, workout history, and stats to create the most personalized and effective plan. You can also share private progress pics with your trainer through the 1:1 Messaging Stream.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: How Can An Online Personal Trainer Help You?

Thousands of people around the world are choosing to hire an Online Trainer to get the flexibility and affordability they need to achieve their fitness goals. Are you ready to get serious about your fitness journey? Get started with 1:1 Online Personal Training and hire a dedicated expert to help you get there!

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How Trainers Coach Their Clients in Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: How Trainers Are Coaching Their Clients in Workout Trainer

Skimble Verified Trainers have all kinds of awesome tricks up their sleeve to help get their clients to where they want to be. Online trainers have found effective ways to engage clients in a remote training relationship, motivate them to stay on track to reach their goals, and even have fun along the way.Workout Trainer by Skimble: How Trainer Coach Their Clients with Online Personal TrainingWe’ve compiled some of our favorite tips and tricks that can help inspire you how to coach your clients online in Workout Trainer:

Create & Send Training Content To Clients

Certified fitness professionals are using Skimble’s growing array of trainer tools to coach their clients anywhere, anytime. Creating custom exercises, workouts, workout collections, and training programs has never been easier. The 1:1 Messaging Stream makes it easy for trainers to send all types of training content directly to their clients, as well as a safe place for clients to get answers to any of their fitness-related questions.

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Motivate Clients With Tips, Advice & Pics

One of the things that most people struggle with at some stage in their fitness journey is motivation. Trainers are using the 1:1 Messaging Stream, and even their own Trainer profiles in Workout Trainer, to keep their clients motivated. Next time you’re short on inspiration share an exclusive tip with a client, some useful advice to get them through their next workout session, or maybe even a supportive pic (aka #fitspo) that can get them psyched to move. If you’re looking for inspiration about what to send your clients, try one of our Message Templates.

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Track Client Progress with Workout Stats

Trainers also have the ability to oversee their clients’ progress in Workout Trainer. Make sure your clients enable this feature so you can gain access to their fitness assessment, workout history, and training stats. Your 1:1 clients can also share private progress pics with you through the Messaging Stream.

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Hundreds of Verified Trainers are using Workout Trainer to coach their clients — are you ready to take advantage of this better way of coaching? Build your Trainer profile for free and start growing your business with 1:1 Online Personal Training now!

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Free Trial Period for Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Activate a Free Trial with Online Personal Training

In an effort to introduce more people to Online Personal Training, Skimble Verified Trainers can now offer a free trial period to potential clients. This gives members the opportunity to try out your online training services in Workout Trainer without any hesitation. Offering this new free trial can help you convert interested members into paid clients by giving them the chance to test your services with no initial commitment. During the trial period, you’ll have the chance to learn about their fitness background and needs, offer sample workouts to give them a taste of what they can expect from your training relationship, and build trust working together.

Offering a free trial is just like offering your in-person clients a free consultation before they sign up for your services – ‘try before you buy’. It’s a no-brainer! All you need to do to activate this free trial is opt-in here.

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In the app, select ‘Paid Training Setup’ from the left side nav, then scroll down to your Settings in the ‘Paid Training’ section to enable your free trial period for potential clients. Don’t forget to select the length of trial you want to offer using the drop-down menu; 3 days or 7 days. When you have made your decision, make sure you scroll down the page and tap SAVE.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialInvite any of your new or existing clients to try out 1:1 Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer with you. Potential clients are limited to one free trial with a trainer. Once the trial period ends, they automatically continue as your paying client. However, they always have the option to cancel during the trial period, without being billed.

This is how your Trainer profile will stand out:

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Here are a few expert tips to help you convert your free trial clients into long-term paying clients:

  • Don’t dive straight into training, take the time to get to know your clients. Understanding your client’s needs and goals will help you provide thoughtful and appropriate coaching. Your clients will feel like you understand them and recognize the value of continuing this training relationship. In Workout Trainer, you should make note of the client’s Fitness Assessment and training stats thus far, then follow up with more questions.
  • When you send your clients a workout or exercise to practice, make sure you communicate why you are sending them this training content and what you expect from them. Clear communication and accountability are important factors in keeping your online clients engaged and on track.
  • Regular check-ins and feedback keep your clients satisfied. During the free trial period, you should check in with your clients to see how they feel after doing the workouts you’ve sent them, and see if they have any feedback or requests for changes going forward. This conversation helps set the tone for an ongoing training relationship.
  • During downtime, you can proactively send clients a quick note of encouragement. Feel free to use and adapt any of our Message Templates. Clients will be more motivated to continue with paid training if you are regularly pinging them with motivational messages, fitspo, training tips, and even links to blog posts you might already have on your website.

Remember, reaching more people in need through Online Personal Training supports your growing career. Trainers who have paid clients in Workout Trainer are receiving around $70-140 USD/month per client. It’s time to catch those hesitating fitness enthusiasts and convert them into paying clients.

Pick up the pace of your online training business – activate your free trial period today!

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